Top UK television experts have gathered at the University of Stirling to debate the future of factual programming.
Leading figures from the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, and independent producers and directors, joined Stirling academics at the ‘Focus on Scotland’ symposium (view video highlights of event).
Dario Sinforiani, Head of Production Teaching at University of Stirling, speaking at Focus on Scotland summit
Dario Sinforiani, Head of Production Teaching at Stirling, said: “We were delighted to host Focus on Scotland. It offered a chance for everyone from commissioners, content-makers, lecturers and students to meet and discuss the big topics around factual TV production in Scotland.
Ewan Angus, BBC Scotland’s Commissioning Editor TV, said: “This event is about bringing together industry practitioners, academics, people who are maybe starting out in the industry and people who have been around the industry for a good number of years and can give some benefit of their experience to others.”
Mark Roberts, Firecrest Films’ Creative Director, said: “I think it’s incredibly important that people from all across the industry in Scotland from different genres and experiences are coming together to talk about the most important issues that are affecting the industry, both nationwide and in Scotland.”
Gill Wilson, Channel 4’s Head of Features, said: “I think what’s really brilliant about this event is that it’s a really good fusion of individuals from the media industry and students together on student turf, in a university setting, which I think makes it a slightly different atmosphere – one where people aren’t surrounded by their peers and contemporaries. They’re out of the office and thinking in a slightly different way - and they get to meet the people who will be making television in the future, and that’s a great thing.”